AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Update from AGCO re New Gaming Opportunities
2021-12-03 11:42:00 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced two new gaming opportunities as part of the Government’s effort to support community initiatives: a Progressive Jackpot Raffle and A Social Gaming Licence. Progressive Jackpot Raffle The Government is introd...

New Electronic Death Registration System
2021-12-02 5:26:26 PM

To address inefficiencies in the current manual-based death registration process, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is working on a new Electronic Death Registration (EDR) system. The changes introduced by the new system will impact all user groups inc...

New IMFG Paper on Provincial-Local Equalization
2021-11-29 4:33:42 PM

In a new paper for the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and The Urban Project , the late Richard M. Bird and Enid Slack review the current state of provincial-municipal equalization transfers in Canada and suggest ways to improve their design. The pap...

Province to Host a Provincial-Municipal Housing Summit
2021-11-26 10:23:19 AM

During his remarks to the Empire Club on Thursday November 25 th , Minister Clark announced that he and Premier Ford will host a provincial-municipal housing summit for Ontario’s Big City Mayors and Regional Chairs. The summit, taking place on December 16 th , will aim to i...

2021 Federal Speech From the Throne
2021-11-23 4:00:15 PM

The new federal Parliament resumed officially today with the Speech From the Throne. It was the first Throne Speech delivered by Governor General Mary Simon since she was installed this past summer. The Speech focused on several themes: Health; Economy; Climat...

COP26 Wraps Up
2021-11-16 11:27:00 AM

The 26 th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow has come and gone, and as always there are potential impacts for the municipal sector. Many experts have regarded COP26 with unique urgency and as the most important COP since COP21 in Paris in 2015...

2021 Fall Economic Statement
2021-11-04 4:23:19 PM

Today Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario . The plan lays out how the Government intends to build the foundation for Ontario’s recovery by focusing on infrastructure, attracting investment and rest...

Local Government Priorities for the 2022 Provincial Election
2021-11-02 2:40:53 PM

As a vital municipal association with membership roots that reach deep into every part of Ontario, AMCTO knows the challenges facing communities.  Across the province, local governments are confronted with ongoing challenges to meet the complex demands of a well-served and...

Small Business Property Subclass Report
2021-10-29 11:30:59 AM

As you may recall, in the 2020 Ontario Budget , the Province announced a new optional small business property subclass. Amendments were filed on May 7, 2021 to O. Reg. 282/98 under the Assessment Act , O. Reg. 73/03 under the Municipal Act, 2001 and O. Reg. 121/07 un...

Ontario Announces 2022 OMPF Funding
2021-10-21 3:58:10 PM

Today the Government announced 2022 funding allocations under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). As committed at the 2021 AMO Conference, the Government is maintaining both the structure of the OMPF and the program envelope at $500 million.  The OMPF supports ...

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